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It is unusual for an election to be held in Italy on Saturday and Sunday; elections usually are held on Sundays and Mondays, but European elections always finish on Sundays to prevent delays of the general results on a continental level. An electoral threshold of 4% was introduced by the Italian Parliament.
The election was a victory for Prime MinisterSilvio Berlusconi. The parties supporting the government won the majority of seats, 38. The opposition collectively elected 34 candidates.